Road Warrior Travel Health Tips
Being that I spend so much time on the road, I’m a sucker for a good travel tip article. I collect them like a hobbyist that collects stamps or vinyl records. As we are about to start the busy travel season for events, I thought I’d share my favorite here for staying well on the road.
It seemed like I was getting sick after every trip I took, and after multiple colds and non-specific general feeling-like-crapness I consulted with a health and wellness coach. He gave me some things to try and in the past year I’ve only been sick twice, and both times very mildly. This is based on a sample size of me, and results may vary. I am not a doctor so this should not be considered medical advice, but if you find you are getting sick while traveling these things are worth considering.
1) Take a daily probiotic. There’s a lot of research that your gut health has a lot to do with your overall health. I have a shelf-stable daily pill that I take that keeps it easy for me. You can also eat yogurt, kefir, kimchi, or other fermented foods.
2) Amazing Grass Green Superfood. I use this powder every day. It was meant for just when I was traveling but after a long stint, I got used to having it in the morning. It doesn’t taste the best, but I did get used to that quickly. I just add it to my water bottle and drink away. I find it also helps with the issue of too much wine the night before.
3) Cleaning wipes. I have travel-sized ones and I bring them everywhere. I’m that weirdo who wipes down the plane seat, the tray table, and the armrests before settling in. More than one flight attendant has told me that I’m smart to clean my seat like this. Also, when I check into a hotel or Airbnb, the first thing I do is wipe down the high-traffic touchpoints—the lamps, the door handles, the remote control. It takes about 5 minutes and that’s certainly worth my reduction in colds.
4) A sleep routine. A big issue with traveling is that you have trouble falling asleep in a new place. This used to be major for me. But now I have a routine that’s easy to replicate no matter where I am. I’ve trained myself to fall asleep to podcasts and audiobooks, so whether I’m in a strange hotel room or in my airplane seat, I find myself nodding off easily.
5) An apple a day. I really do try to eat one every day. I’m always carrying one in my bag. And I try to opt for fruit and veggies as much I can when on the road.
These things were all simple to incorporate and they really did make a difference in my travel health.
Now we want to hear from you! In celebration of the Otter Talk comments being launched, I’m inviting you all to add your own favorite tips in the comment box below! Just scroll down to the bottom of the page to get started. I’m looking forward to seeing what you all share that I can add to my own personal list.